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Dacker Authentic Adirondack Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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Dacker Authentic Adirondack AleDacker Authentic Adirondack Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 01-28-2007)
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of williamherbert
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent finger of head with a nice, clear, light orange color. Looks like a real English ALE.

Fruity, estery ale smell, with a biscuity malt; minor sharp malt bite. A very nice underbelly of bready yeast.

Real ale taste. Nice yeast, with flowery fruits and a hint of apricot. A really nice ale flavor. A hint of black licorice?

Nice thick and bubbly feel. Thick but not viscous. Dry. Excellent ale with exceptional fruity undertones. A very dynamic ale.

Photo of musicforairports
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-growler from Westmere Beverage in Guilderland. I've had this one on-tap at the brewpub a bunch of times, too. I'm rating this as a Scotch ale, which is what the brewery considers it (a "light Schotch ale.).

Dark amber, small one-finger head that leaves not very much lacing. Beer is almost clear but a titch cloudy, and looks decently carbonated.

Smells like caramel, nut, other malts, lots of Scotch ale-like woody peat-moss aromas.

Tastes like the nose but a bit less robust. Not very sweet. Struck me as a bit hoppy for the style at first, but it goes away quickly. It's listed as an APA here, but it fits the brewery's description of a light Scotch ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty light for all the malt flavors. Relatively lively carbonation. Makes it easy to drink.

A good tasting Scotch ale that's light enough to be easier to drink, at least for me, than a lot of others, while still having a lot of the distinctive malt flavor a Scotch ale has.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew at room temperature pouted into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with a thin wispy surface layer of off white head.
Aroma is mild but some grainy cereal maltiness comes through and hints of light fruit and caramel as well. No real hop presence on the nose.
First sip reveals a fine fizzy carbonation and average body.
Flavor is mild sweet caramel and again grainy and husky malts that roll quickly to grassy and herbal hops that continue to the finish. I also get a little pine for good measure and this lingers a bit and dries out the finish.
An easily drinkable brew that is enjoyable and well balanced.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dacker pours a clear copper color with a thin, wispy head: a reticent appearance. The aroma is predominantly pale malt, with a little caramel, biscuit, and toffee character. Hops are pretty restrained, but there's a little resiny hop goodness hidden deep in the smell. The taste is the real gem in this beer. It's forward, almost bold, in its malt flavor. There's quite a lot of fruit in the flavor as well. A little citrus and meaty stone fruit as well. Hops come out with a little more strength in the taste also. Together, the flavors are very well balanced, and the beer is a real pleasure to drink. Medium in body, this would be a fine session brew. Solidly good.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head reduces down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind spots of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is full of rich sweet caramel malts. There also some nice fruity esters and a touch of floral hops.

T - Starts off with some fruit flavors (apricot and touch of cherry). Some sweet caramel malts and just a touch of ho pin the background. Through the middle some deeper lightly toasted malt flavor comes through. The finish is a blend of some fruit esters and some sweet caramel malt that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp, though just a touch watery and oily. There is a hint of alcohol warming in the finish which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. Nice blend of fruit flavors and malt. Fairly well balanced. Goes down nice and smooth.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a touch of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which dissipated rather quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: malty aroma with plenty of sweet caramel and a touch of dry biscuit. Balanced more toward the sweetness, I think it works pretty well.

Taste: again, a good balance between sweet caramel and a drier biscuity, toasty quality. Hop character is minimal but there is a bit of bitterness at the end to help balance the sweetness. A subtle beer; pretty darn tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a big, mouth-filling creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: a pretty drinkable beer for its above-average ABV, this is one of the rare brews with a biscuity character that I actually enjoy. It's a great example of the style; I would definitely have this again.

Photo of ThePortlander
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Bierkraft today with a pastrami sandwich (quite the combo). It's an orange/copper ale, with a dense, but quickly diminishing finger of white foam. The nose offered mainly caramel malt and some diacetyl, and the flavor is about the same but with some spicy/floral light hop bitterness.

Typical, but by no means bad–a standard scotch ale. No regrets here.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale has become Davidson Brothers most popular at the brewpub and for good reason. Dacker pours a clear copper hue with thin khaki colored head that seems to die down soon after the pour. A somewhat caramel aroma with very subtle citrusy smell. A full bodied ale that is dominated by malt with very little hop character. Dacker is well balanced with rich and sweet malty flavors that makes it quite drinkable. Rick and John once again do a wonderful job with this Ale, keep it up guys!

Photo of eporter66
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Beer pours an amber color, 1 finger foamy head that quickly dissolves away. When held up to the light it takes on a more golden color. Aroma has a strong malt presence, along with an interesting buttery scent, and the hops coming through in the background. Taste is fairly mellow, I expected more of a hop bite. A good mix of hops and malt. Still get a slight bitter flavor in the back of the mouth, and a slight sweetness to the malt. Average mouthfeel and well carbonated. Beer is very drinkable, not overwhelming and a decent ABV to boot.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

A) 3.5 For a Scottish ale it pours a little pale. More like a pale ale orange with a lightly yellowed head. Not much lacing but it stays covered as I consume.

S) 3.5 A lovely aroma. Lots of sweet caramel, toffee, and biscuity, bakery bread. Some alcohol peeks out of the sugar and lays the foundation for a classic fruity yeast ester. Some light pear and a hint of banana bread.

T) 3.80 Taste is very malty. Lots of sweetness with a large toasted malt. Must be Maris Otter malt from the biscuit flavors. Smooth yeasty breadiness and fruit esters adds complexity and leads to an earthier hop finish that is firm and clean.

F) 3.80. Feel is crisp for the style as it is lighter than the norm with smooth carbonation that somehow gives a more quenching quality

O) 3.95A big malty brew that nonetheless is a go to candidate for thirstiness. Lighter with a high drinkability. Enough hops to satisfy the dry beer crowd while just sliding under the wire for a true Scotch ale

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer (a recipe from a 4th generation Adirondacker, Duncan Kincaid) was a clear golden color with some tangerine highlights. The white head retained itself poorly and consequently left little lacing to speak of, just some spots occasionally. The aroma was of caramel malt, hints of sourness and nuts. The flavors were truly spot-on as described, a 'light Scotch Ale!' I tasted slightly toasted malt, pale malt, wood, nuts, a slight 'tang' I couldn't quite place (yeast selection?) and a tiny touch of smoke on the finish. Dry and unusual but in an interesting way. The body was medium, the carbonation a little too low and the mouthfeel also a little thin.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of almychristopher
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first in a line up on a sampler tray of six, this pale ale is a clear gold with a thin off white head that fades to lacing. The patchy lacing gives off a light aroma of crystal malts and floral hops, very nice... might have been a bit cold for the nose to really come through. the taste delivers on the malt end very well, there's a nice array of malt flavor and of course the sweetness... actually very sweet, but the other adirondack ales I had this weekend were pretty malty too. the mouthfeel was a little on the heavy side, but right off the tap, it was a very drinkable beer

Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Dacker Authentic Adirondack Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
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